Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

From our Christmas Letter:

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. When we were little, we always thought our parents were crazy when they would say how quickly the year flew by. Each day, we find ourselves turning more and more into our parents. They were wise people after all!

We are living near the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia. Tim is working at Liberty University in the student accounts department while he pursues his seminary degree. Becky works at Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Jonathan is seven years old and in second grade at Liberty Christian Academy. He still loves sports and plays whatever sport is in season. He lost both of his front teeth this fall, so his theme song is definitely “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.”

Lynchburg is pretty much the middle location between both of our parents. Needless to say, there have been several trips to Georgia and Pennsylvania...and they all have visited many times. We have really enjoyed being closer to our families.

We are so grateful for the many blessings that God has given to our family. The biggest blessing of all was given to us long before we were born. When Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby, lived a sinless life among men, chose to die on the cross, and rose three days later so that we might be forgiven from our sins. Think about it: the Lamb of God came to earth, and announced His birth to shepherds...common, ordinary people just like you and me. He spent His life loving those who society deemed unlovable, spending time with those who weren’t from His country, family or the religious crowd, and He changed the earth forever. He came because He loved us...loved us so much that He was willing to endure the mocking of others, the degrading from the religious people of his day, and the humiliating and painful death on the cross so that we might be forgiven of our sins. Nothing we could ever do, no words that we say, no good deeds that we do could ever allow us to be forgiven. Just having simple faith in Jesus Christ, asking Him for forgiveness of our sin, and trusting in Him is all we need to go to Heaven someday. We pray that you have a wonderful Christmas filled with the joy of Christ’s love. We love each one of you so very much!

Love,
Tim, Becky and Jonathan Stanton

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